What should I feed my dog?

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What should I feed my dog?

What should I feed my dog?

Choosing the right food for your dog is important so that they can thrive and live a long, happy and healthy life.

Dog’s may require a different diets depending on size, age, sensitivities and medical issues.

Choosing the right food for your dog is important so that they can thrive and live a long, happy and healthy life.

Dog’s may require a different diets depending on size, age, sensitivities and medical issues.

Key Nutrients in your dog’s diet:

  • Proteins – Protein and amino acids are the building blocks to a dog’s body that are responsible for forming new skin cells, growing hair, building muscle tissue and much more. Protein also functions as enzymes, hormones and antibodies.
  • Carbohydrates – his is an efficient source of glucose for energy, a source of heat for the body and can be stored as glycogen. This is also essential for a dog as it helps to control the weight of a dog
  • Vitamins – Vitamins are responsible for a vast range of functions within the dog’s body such as bone development, eye function, maintenance of cell structure and releasing energy from nutrients
  • Minerals – Minerals are also key for a dog’s health as it contributes to maintaining healthy bones, as well as muscle, cell and nerve function. Similar to vitamins your Superfood 65 recipes contain a blend of nutritiously beneficial superfoods to help support a dog’s general health and wellbeing.
  • Water
  • Fats  – Fat is a fantastic source of energy and enhances the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and Omega 6. These essential nutrients help dog’s to maintain healthy skin and coat, promote the immune system, whilst also aiding in the development of healthy joints, brain and vision

Life Stages

Feeding your Puppy

Puppies are typically weaned off their mother’s milk from around the age of 8 weeks. The goal of feeding growing puppies is to lay the foundations for healthy adulthood. Proper nutrition is required to achieve healthy growth, optimise immune function and minimise the potential for obesity and diseases. It’s important to note that a puppy’s nutritional needs are a lot different from an adult dog.

Some of the basic components necessary to the health and growth of a puppy are water, calories, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals.

With Large breed puppies, pet owners need to take extra care, compared to smaller puppies, this is because of the high rate of growth and energy needed as a large breed puppy. This type of dog can be at risk in later life of developing issues with their hips and elbows because of how quickly they grow.

Feeding an Adult dog

It is recommended that when a dog reaches 80% of their full adult size, the owner should consider switching them onto adult food. This can happen at different times and ages depending on the breed of the dog. It is suggested that small dogs will reach this size first, at the age of around 9 to 10 months. Medium sized breeds continue to grow until they are about a year old. Whilst Large breed puppies reach 80% in size at around 12 to 16 months old. A balanced diet is key to a happy healthy dog.

Feeding a Senior dog

Your dog is considered a senior dog from the age of 7. It’s best to choose a food tailored specifically for senior dogs. These foods can help weight management and usually have added minerals to help with ageing joints.

Food Allergies and intolerances

A variety of dogs suffer from allergies or intolerances, but large sums of pet owners are confused by the difference. The below outlines the difference between pet food allergies and intolerances.

A pet food allergy involves the immune system. This can be triggered by a dog’s response to a certain ingredient such as protein source. For example, cells may release histamine which causes itching. Generally, food allergies cause skin-related issues in dogs such as inflammation, itching, hair loss and hot spots. There is also the possibility they can develop ear infections that can become a reoccurring theme once treatment has ended.

A common theme for owners is to assume that itchy skin is caused by a food allergy. However, true food allergies in cats and dogs are very rare, making up for only 1% of all skin diseases in dogs.

A pet food intolerance does not involve the immune system and is caused when a food doesn’t agree with a dog’s body. This is simply a functional or mechanical issue with digesting a particular food. An example of this is a dog may be sensitive to wheat. Intolerances often mimic food allergies because the body can only demonstrate a problem in so many ways.

It can be challenging to identify what causes food intolerance. Owners can use an elimination diet to take away ingredients that they believe may be the cause of the problem. This works by removing a suspect ingredient for a minimum of 4 weeks from a dogs diet and then reintroducing the ingredient and wait for a return of any physical changes.

Common ingredients that may cause intolerance’s include grains (i.e wheat and maize), eggs, soya or dairy.

Here Pets plus our Grain Free recipes are all hypoallergenic. Each of the recipes has been formulated to be free from common allergens which may lead to intolerances and sensitivities in pets. Whilst the Grain Free range has been formulated with sweet potato and potato to be suitable for those with grain intolerance/sensitivity.